2003-Present: President, Blair Consulting Group, College Station, TX
With over 20 years as an independent consultant in the areas of EAP,Work/Life, alcohol and drug policies, managed behavioral healthcare, and other human resources functions, Brenda brings together a team of consultants with specialties including DOT, HIPAA, quality assurance, and human resources. Brenda continues her work with international organzations, major employers, and providers of EAP and others services. Always focused on quality, effectiveness, and practical solutions, Brenda is a sought after consultant and trainer.
1998-2002: Principal, Blair & Burke, College Station, TX
As Principal of Blair & Burke, Brenda conducted evaluation, strategic planning and training projects throughout the US, and in Japan, the UK, France, South Africa, and Canada. Selected employer clients included Deluxe Corporation, Dow, Emory University, NASA, Pitney Bowes, State of Vermont, Toyota, Unocal, US Army, US House of Representatives and Wegmans. She worked with vendor clients on four continents on strategic partnerships, account management and operational efficiencies. She brings to these projects both her business knowledge and her personal experience having lived in Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ghana, and Nigeria.
1983-1998: President, Blair Associates, Bryan, Texas
Blair Associates specialized in assisting employers to evaluate their Employee Assistance and Managed Behavioral Health Programs and to implement programs uniquely tailored to their specific organizational needs. The firm also consulted on EAP-related technical issues such as benefits design, drug testing, external contractor selection and monitoring, health promotion, labor's role in EAP, quality assurance and training. Corporate clients have included Burlington Northern Railroad, Carolina Power & Light, Chevron Corporation, Conoco, DuPont, Ford Motor Company, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Florida State University, Hughes, Long Island Rail Road, Mobil Corporation, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric, Texaco, TRW, Union Carbide, University of Michigan, and Wells Fargo Bank. Ms. Blair has also consulted to Federal agencies, such as FAA and NASA, and health care organizations such as Kaiser Health Plans and Massachusetts General Hospital.
1981-1983 Regional Employee Counseling Services Administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chicago, Illinois
Responsibilities included management of a large Employee Assistance Program which covered approximately 13,000 employees working in over 250 locations in six states. The program was operated with a combination of internal HHS employees and external contractors, supervised by Ms. Blair. She also helped develop a supervisory training package and film which was implemented in HHS nationwide.
1979-1981 Director, Alcoholism Program, Grant Hospital, Chicago
1976-1979 Coordinator, Alcoholism Research and Training Institute, Grant Hospital, Chicago
Duties included management of 45 staff, and programmatic and fiscal responsibility for a fully accredited 21-bed inpatient treatment program, an active outpatient program, and an Alcoholism Training Institute. The latter included an extensive EAP consultation service for employers throughout the Chicago area. She was also instrumental in developing an EAP for the hospital's own employees.
1974-1975 Project Staff, International Council on Alcohol and Addictions, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duties included planning international conferences and representing ICAA at the World Health Organization, United Nations, and Council of Europe.
M.B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1980.
B.A., Kalamazoo College, Michigan, 1972; Junior Year Abroad, Ibadan, Nigeria
- Employee Assistance Professionals Association (formerly, ALMACA): Member since 1976; past President, Vice-President and Treasurer, Illinois Chapter; past member of National Board of Directors; Founding Chair, EAPA National Committee on Women's Issues; past Chair, Task Force on Human Resources Decision-Makers
- Employee Assistance Certification Commission, which developed credentials for Employee Assistance Professionals. Founding Member, 1986-1989; Chairperson, 1987-1989
- Association of Work/Life Professionals
- EAPA National Standards Committee, U.S. Representative to the International Standards Subcommittee
- Society for Human Resources Management, member SHRM Global Forum, member SHRM Consultants Forum
- "Providing Added Value to Employers," EAPA Exchange, March/April, 2002
- "Task Force Surveys EAP Decision Makers, EAPA Exchange, March/April, 1996
- EA Realities: Serving Multiple Clients, Employee Assistance Magazine, March, 1995
- "Before the Evaluation", EAPA Exchange, October, 1990.
- "European Journal", a series of six articles on international EAP issues, in Employee Assistance Magazine, 1990.
- "EAPs: Essential Elements and Approaches", Health Values, Jan/Feb 1989.
- "Tailoring EAP to the Workplace", Seminars in Occupational Medicine, December, 1986
- "Internal and External EAP Models", in The EAP Solution , Hazelden, 1986.
- Hospital Employee Assistance Programs, American Hospital Association Publishing, Inc., 1985.
- "Selecting an EAP Contractor that Will Meet Company Needs", Occupational Health and Safety, Nov/Dec, 1984.
- Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies: The Supervisor's Role in Early Recovery, Johnson Institute, 1984.
- Supervisors and Managers as Enablers, Johnson Institute, 1983.
- President's Achievement Award, North Carolina EAPA, March, 1993.
- EAP Leadership Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, April, 1989.
- Subject of cover story, Employee Assistance, January, 1989.
- EAPA Member of the Year, November, 1988.
- Selected for "EAP Hall of Fame", an EAP Digest award, August, 1988
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